January 8, 2010

Bulldogs Face Dartmouth At Home, Travel To Rochester

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's squash team will open its post-break schedule this weekend with a pair of games.  On Saturday the Bulldogs will host the Dartmouth Big Green at the Brady Squash Center in New Haven at 11 a.m. before going on the road for a Sunday match-up against the Rochester Yellowjackets at noon. 

The Bulldogs (3-0, 1-0 Ivy) are coming off a very strong start to the season in which they have yet to lose a single individual match.  The Elis have posted 9-0 victories over Williams, Pennsylvania, and Franklin & Marshall.  The most recent College Squash Association (CSA) rankings slot Yale as the No. 4 team in the nation.

Dartmouth (3-1, 0-1 Ivy) defeated George Washington 9-0, Navy 7-2, and Franklin & Marshall 7-2 before falling to Harvard 6-3.  In the preseason Ivy Scrimmages, Yale bested Dartmouth 9-0 en route to the Scrimmage championship.  Dartmouth is currently No. 9 in the CSA rankings.

Yale will face its first major test of the young season on Sunday, when the Bulldogs travel to upstate New York for a duel at noon against the University of Rochester.  The Yellowjackets (4-0, 3-0 Liberty) are a national title contender that closed out the 2009 portion of their schedule with a 5-4 win over powerhouse Princeton.  Currently ranked No. 2 in the latest CSA poll, the Yellowjackets will also have the home court advantage when they face the Bulldogs on the Peter Lyman Squash Courts. 

This match-up will help to determine just how far these two teams can go this season.   The victor will likely be the top contender to knock of perennial squash juggernaut Trinity on the road to the national title.  

report filed by Alex Milvae '12, Yale Sports Publicity

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